Did you see The Biggest Loser last week?
We are that “Brain Training Company”!

When Phil and Amy Parham’s three-year-old son Rhett was diagnosed with autism, they pursued a variety of therapies for six years. Amy says, “Some helped and some didn’t.”

Today, Amy says, Rhett is reading, doing math, and is participating in “regular” classes–thanks to brain training provided by LearningRx.

The turnaround in Rhett’s struggle with autism came unexpectedly when the couple was selected to compete on “The Biggest Loser.” Phil and Amy—who began the show weighing a combined total of 560 pounds—went on to lose over 200 pounds over the course of the show and, in the process, share their story—and the story of their autistic son—with a nation.

As a result, they were contacted by one of LearningRx’s 70 brain training centers.

On The Biggest Loser “Where Are They Now?” television special that aired on November 24th, Amy talked about the profound difference that LearningRx’s brain training programs have made in the life of her son.

“My youngest son Rhett is autistic. We were told there were lots of things he could never do,” she said during her interview on The Biggest Loser follow-up special. She added that, as a result of the brain training provided by LearningRx, “now he can read, he can do math, he’s in regular classes.”

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Need to improve your concentration skills? Try F.O.C.U.S.

improving concentrationGood concentration and focus are prescriptions for a successful life. They are also the result of active and successful attention skills. Strong, efficient attention skills enable us to concentrate intently on a problem or task while sorting out unimportant information and ignoring distractions. In an article by author Sam Horn, he suggests a helpful acronym for FOCUS that offers 5 tips to better attending. You can read Sam’s article here. The summary of the acronym is…

F = the “five more” rule

When you feel the distractions building and attention waning, make the determination to do just 5 more “reps”. Finish five more math problems, reading five more pages of a book, work just 5 more minutes before you quit.

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dyscalculiaThe Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary online defines dyscalculia as, “impairment of mathematical ability due to an organic condition of the brain”.

Talk about definition that leaves you cold! How many kids (and adults for that matter) struggle with math these days? While this ponderous definition isn’t the answer by itself, it may actually contain a key for students with chronic math failure.

Low math performance is reaching an epidemic level in the United States. Wall Street Journal contributor, Robert Tomsho sites, “The National Assessment of Educational Progress — often called the “nation’s report card” — found fourth-graders had made no learning gains since the last time the NAEP math test was given, in 2007. Previously, fourth-graders had made scoring gains on every NAEP math test given since 1990.” (Emphasis ours- Read Robert Tomsho’s article here )

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Your Brain on Food: How Spices & Nutrients Affect Your Cognitive Abilities

Teenage Girl Balancing Apple on her headDid you know that eating a potato can calm you down? Or that nutmeg and cinnamon can cause feelings of euphoria? Amino acids and other natural compounds are able to steer our mood swings. Nutrients can stimulate different regions of the brain and release chemicals that enhance brain activity or protect the brain from aging.

A specialist in Alzheimer’s disease, and a professor from Ohio State University, Gary Wenk started delving into the medicinal impact of food while studying how natural plants could impact memory.

People from the Indian subcontinent, he found, are much less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. The reason? They scarf down a lot of curry, which contains an antioxidant that keeps brain cells from aging.

For more about your brain on curry, and lots of other fascinating stuff, check out this article from the New York Post!

Do You Love Your Grandmother? Watch This Video.

stroke recoveryThink LearningRx is just for kids? Virginia Romero, from Shreveport, LA is 82 years old.  She had a stroke and lost some of her abilities.  She couldn’t remember where she lived or how old she was – so she called LearningRx in Shreveport to see if they could help. The following video is proof.  She is self-confident, enjoying novels, and beating the other ladies at cards. In her own words “…everything moves better and faster than it did before…when I read, I understand and retain more than what I did before… the main thing, I think, for me is, that it gave me hope that I’m not really at the end of my life. I’m 82 years old, but I’m still not ready to go and just give up. I’m still looking forward to new things, and LearningRx has certainly played a big, big part in that.”